Saturday 1 October 2016, 3pm
Please note that this is a matinee show – doors will open at 3pm and performance will start shortly afterwards.
No other artist casts so large a shadow over the genre of noise than Merzbow. With a vast discography and uncompromising approach that has spanned over three decades, Masami Akita is an undisputed master in his field and we're hugely excited to welcome him to OTO for the first time.
“For over thirty years, Merzbow (aka Masami Akita) has been the biggest and most recognisable figure on the international noise scene. Indeed, he has defined the contours and aesthetic of the genre, from his pioneering use of tape loops to create hulking industrial vistas in the late 70s, to his switch to laptop-generated static noise at the turn of the century... Rightly hailed by Paul Hegarty, in his seminal book Noise/Music, as an artist who reached the apex of noise's potential as an artistic genre, Merzbow has been a clear influence on a wealth of subsequent noise artists and groups.” – Joseph Burnett, The Quietus
Tom White is a London-based artist. His multidisciplinary practice spreads across sound, moving image, installation and live performance. Past projects include commissions and appearances for Radiophrenia, Glasgow (CCA); BRAUBLFF (KRAAK & De Player); Whitechapel Gallery, London & Colour out of Space Festival, Brighton. Collaborators include Maya Dunietz, Kieron Piercy, Ben Knight, Stuart Chalmers and most recently in Al Fresco with Lia Mazzari & Sholto Dobie. He has released music through labels such as Takuroku, Glistening Examples, Vitrine, Chocolate Monk, Singing Knives, Calling Cards Publishing and My Dance the Skull. He won the British Composer Award in 2014 (Sonic Art) for Public Address, commissioned by South London Gallery. In 2016 founded Apologies in Advance; a platform for artists presenting work in progress performances.